Most of you probably know that Deer Valley is one of the few resorts left in North America that is designated “skiers only.” I identify myself as a snowboarder, I have been on a board for 17 years now. This year I got back on skis for the first time since I was about 12 years old. I have been kicking around the idea of getting back on skis for a couple years now and since I found out that I would be taking a trip to the legendary Deer Valley Resort, I decided this was the year to act on it.
I’ve known about the trip since early fall so I was able to ski a few times before heading there. This was important since I was going on this trip with some pretty good skiers and I didn’t want to look like an idiot (read: gaper) on the hill. Keeping that in mind, here is my review of the “skier’s paradise.”
I stayed at the Deer Valley club while I was out there, and let me tell you, I don’t want to ever stay anywhere else ever again. This place is a country club for skiers. You don’t have to do anything for yourself except ski while you stay there. They go grocery shopping for you before you show up, they pick you up from the airport, they will drive you pretty much anywhere you want at almost any time, they’ll pull your boots out of your locker and put them on boot heaters before you go out skiing for the day, they’ll even take your skis out of your locker and put them on the rack right at the edge of the run so all you have to do is set them on the ground step in, and so on. This treatment makes skiing the most convenient activity you could possibly imagine. On top of all that, Deer Valley is about 5 minutes from downtown Park City as well – FYI Park City > Anywhere in Colorado – so if you love skiing and are also equally passionate about being lazy (I am) this is the place for you.
Deer Valley is unlike any resort I have ever been to, and I experienced a few things that really set it apart from the other resorts. First, the grooming of runs there is second to none. Everything is groomed, they take runs that should be considered black diamonds and call them double blues because they groom them, they even groom runs mid-day. This was awesome for me as a newer skier because I was able to ski some runs with a steeper pitch without having to maneuver around moguls. And every lift gives you at least one blue or green option to get down, so there was never a point where I felt stuck and like I had no other choice but to go down something that was way over my head. I also learned that people that ski at Deer Valley LOVE groomed runs. We got quite a bit of snow while there, and if you were willing to dip into the trees or get on one of like 3 runs they don’t groom, you were able to get all the powder turns in that your heart desires.
Another thing I learned is that on these pow days the top of the runs got a little icy… Which made me wonder how that could be possible, there are no snowboarders there? Everyone know that the snow being scraped off the hill is 1000% snowboarders fault and yet here I am at a skiers only resort and the snow has been pushed around to the point where it’s just ice on some of the runs. Spoiler alert skiers: turns out you are equally responsible for that issue.
Ok that was my one dig at skiers… Honestly the skiing was amazing, and the people were incredibly friendly. Everyone says hello and asks how you are doing, it’s southern hospitality in the mountains. As a snowboarder I wish I could’ve written this and just ripped this place apart but I can’t it was an amazing experience and I would recommend it 10/10 times.
P.S. if you go to Deer Valley and don’t try their famous chili, then I don’t want to know you as a person.